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East Enders Join ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th Anniversary Celebration

A number of East Enders joined Saturday Night Live on Sunday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic late-night program, including former cast members and favorite past guest hosts and musicians.

Tonight Show host and Sagaponack resident Jimmy Fallon appeared in the cold open with Justin Timberlake.

 Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 --
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy/NBC

“This is a show that’s inspired generations of comedians around the world,” Fallon remarked, before they went into a song and dance number including some of SNL’s most famous skits, catch phrases and recurring bits.

Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin, who hold the record for most turns hosting SNL, with 16, joined his 30 Rock costar Tina Fey to pay tribute to Tracy Morgan, who was severely injured last year in a motor vehicle crash.

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin pay tribute to Tracy Morgan at the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.
Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.
Photo credit: Chris Haston/NBC
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Hilaria Baldwin, Alec Baldwin walk the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, NY on February 15, 2015 --
Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin walk the red carpet.
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy/NBC

Baldwin reprised his Tony Bennett impression for “Celebrity Jeopardy” with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery.

Baldwin also joined Sir Paul McCartney—also of Amagansett—Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Miley Cyrus and Billy Crystal, to debate what kind of person makes the best SNL host: comedians, actors, musicians, etc.

McCartney and Montauk’s Paul Simon got out their guitars for a bit of “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”

“From comedians, to actors, to Alec, the most important thing is we have been a part of this amazing institution,” Martin said.

McCartney returned to the stage later to perform “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Simon performed “Still Crazy After All These Years.”

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney on February 15, 2015
Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney at the Saturday Night Live anniversary show.
Photo credit: Theo Wargo/NBC
Paul McCartney performed
Paul McCartney performed “Maybe I’m Amazed” during the 40th anniversary Saturday Night Live special.
Photo credit: Chris Haston/NBC
Paul Simon performs during the 40th anniversary of
Paul Simon performs during the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.”
Photo credit: Dana Edelson/NBC

East Hampton’s Jerry Seinfeld took part in the audience Q&A segment.

Jerry Seinfeld during the Audience Q&A.
Jerry Seinfeld during the Audience Q&A.
Photo credit: Dana Edelson/NBC

Colin Quinn, who will be doing a show at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on February 28, joined fellow past “Weekend Update” anchors Norm McDonald, Kevin Nealon, and Seth Meyers on stage

Kevin Nealon, Norm Macdonald, Seth Meyers, Colin Quinn
Kevin Nealon, Norm Macdonald, Seth Meyers and Colin Quinn.
Photo credit: Theo Wargo/NBC

Among the many celebrity guests in the audience was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, of Water Mill, who hosted SNL in 1997.

Rudy Giuliani walks the red carpet
Rudy Giuliani walks the red carpet. Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy/NBC

Louis C.K., who recently became a Shelter Island homeowner, delivered a monologue.

Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
Photo credit: Dana Edelson/NBC

Hamptons visitor Adam Sandler reprised his character Opera Man, and visitor Bradley Cooper appeared in the “Californians” sketch and made out with Betty White.

Adam Sandler during the Marty and Beyonce skit
Adam Sandler as Opera Man.
Photo credit: Chris Haston/NBC

Watch the special on nbc.com.

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